Educational Video Sites

RefSeek's guide to the 25 best online resources for finding free educational videos. With the exception of BrainPOP and Cosmeo, all listed sites offer their extensive video libraries for free and most without registration.

  • Alison
    Standards-based education material covering a broad range of subjects.
  • Amazon Education
    Amazon Inspire is a free service for the discovery of digital educational material.
  • Big Think
    Video interviews with 600+ thought leaders in a range of fields.
  • Brightstorm
    Short-form online video lessons by professional educators. Free math lessons.
  • CosmoLearning
    Aggregator of free, online video lessons and documentaries.
  • Coursera
    Lectures taught by world-class professors and reinforced through interactive exercises.
  • EdX
    Courses designed specifically for interactive study via the web.
  • FutureLearn
    Offers a diverse selection of courses from leading European universities.
  • GCFLearn
    Free online courses teaching basic life skills, technology, literacy, and math.
  • Howcast
    Professional and user-generated how-to videos.
  • Internet Archive
    Collection of more than two-hundred thousand free historical videos, many academic.
  • iTunes U
    Free lectures, language lessons, audiobooks, and more accessible via Apple iTunes.
  • Khan Academy
    Self-paced learning with extensive video library, interactive challenges, and assessments.
    Professionally developed programming for K-12 classrooms by Annenberg Media.
  • Math TV
    Professional video lessons in mathematics. Covers basic math through calculus.
  • MIT Open CourseWare
    Lectures and course materials for students, teachers, and self-learners. - Also see: MIT on YouTube
  • NeoK12
    Aggregator of high-quality educational videos from around the Web.
  • Open Yale Courses
    Free access to a selection of introductory Yale courses.
  • OpenMD Medical Video Directory
    Guide to the best sources of free medical videos, including procedures, operations, and lectures.
  • PBS Video
    Free videos from your favorite PBS programs, including NOVA and Frontline.
  • SchoolsWorld
    Engaging, professional videos and practical resources for educator development.
  • SchoolTube
    Video sharing platform for schools featuring original content created by students.
  • Snag Films
    Library of free, full-length documentary films.
  • TeacherTube
    Online aggregator of educational videos.
  • TED
    Fascinating presentations by the world's leading thinkers and doers.
  • WatchKnowLearn
    Comprehensive online directory of educational videos aggregated from across the Web.
  • WonderHowTo
    Search engine and directory of free how-to videos.
  • YouTube Learning
    Free lectures from more than one hundred colleges and universities. - Also see: YouTube Teachers, Talks@Google

Educational Video Sites (not free)

  • BrainPop
    Provider of original, animated educational videos. Subscription required.
  • Futures Channel
    High quality multimedia content ideal for use in the classroom. Subscription required.
  • Master Class
    Classes for students of all skill levels taught by instructors who are the best in their fields.
  • The Great Courses Plus
    Fascinating lectures by some of the world's greatest professors. Subscription required.
  • Udemy
    Extensive library of over 42,000 courses. Some lessons available for free.

General Interest

  • Metacafe
    Specializes in short-form original video content.
  • Vimeo
    Upload, share, and explore user-generated videos.
  • YouTube
    Hosts millions of user-generated and professional videos.